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Paint Recycling Program Saves Local Governments Money

Nearly 80 percent of local governments that participated in the industry-run PaintCare stewardship program saved money as a result, with average annual cost savings of $151,905, according to a report from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). PSI released two reports to illustrate how the PaintCare program benefits retailers, residents, contractors … Read more »

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Product Stewardship: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, which require manufacturers to fund and manage recycling and disposal programs for their products, are being implemented in many places around the world. Notably, Canada and Europe widely use EPR to manage waste and prevent pollution from hazardous waste. But EPR has been slower to … Read more »

Thinkstep Strengthens Product Stewardship with BOMcheck, EC4P

Thinkstep Strengthens Product Stewardship with BOMcheck, EC4P

Thinkstep has acquired the www.BOMcheck.net substance declarations web database and the www.EC4P.com recycling compliance management system — new additions that thinkstep says makes it the only company to offer a full line of sustainability solutions from product design to material selection, procurement, compliance, through to end-of-life. BOMcheck, an industry collaboration … Read more »

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Paint Industry Program Encourages Recycling

Recycling leftover paint is easier in Minnesota thanks to a program that allows painting contractors and households to drop off leftover cans of latex and oil paint at more than 100 retail drop-off sites throughout the state. The program will add an additional 60 locations by summer 2015. Gov. Mark … Read more »

Drug Manufacturers Responsible for Waste Management

Pharmaceutical manufacturers in San Francisco are now required to dispose of unused post-consumer medicine as the city and county of San Francisco becomes the third municipality in the US to introduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation for pharmaceuticals. Alameda County, California (2012) and King County, Washington (2013) are the other … Read more »

REI Sustainability Report: Sales Up 8%, CO2 Down 7%

REI Sustainability Report: Sales Up 8%, CO2 Down 7%

REI cut its absolute carbon emissions by 7.6 percent last year – to 111,982 tons, from 121,201 in 2011– even as it grew sales by 7.4 percent, according to the company’s 2012 stewardship report. Operational CO2 was down 7 percent, from 78,397 tons to 72,917. The $1.9 billion outdoor goods … Read more »